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2019 Study of the South African Motor Vehicle Industry - Size and State of the Industry, Key Influencing Factors, Competitive Analysis and Outlook

DUBLIN, Dec. 27, 2019 -- The "The Motor Vehicle Industry in South Africa 2019" report has been added to's offering.

This report focuses on the motor vehicle industry, which incorporates the manufacture, distribution, servicing, and maintenance of motor vehicles and the manufacture of components. It includes information on the state and size of the industry, sales, export and import statistics, and comprehensive information on factors that influence the sector.

There are profiles of 109 companies including major manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, BMW, Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen, which will collectively invest R39bn in new capacity over the next five years. Other companies profiled include listed companies Motus Holdings and Combined Motor Holdings.

Motor Vehicles

As the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa's economy, vehicle and component production accounted for 29.9% of the country's manufacturing output in 2018 compared to 30.1% in 2017. The broader automotive industry's contribution to the gross domestic product was 6.9% which comprised 4.4% for manufacturing and 2.5% for retail.

The country's weak macro-economic environment, pressure on consumers' disposable income and fragile business and consumer confidence, resulted in new-vehicle sales declining marginally in 2018. Exports of automotive products, which reached a record R178.8bn, were shipped to a record 155 export destinations, up from 149 in 2017.

New Technologies

Sales of hybrid petrol and diesel vehicles totalled 144 units in 2018, down from 303 in 2017, while electric car sales declined to 58 units in 2018 from 68 units in 2017. An increasing number of South African manufacturers plan to introduce electric vehicles in the next two years, but growth will be determined by the development of public charging infrastructure.

In March 2019 there were 867 electric vehicles registered in the country. Nissan and BMW have been at the forefront of a joint initiative to increase the adoption of electric vehicles in South Africa, but their attempts to get the government to agree to incentives for electric vehicles to reduce the retail price has been unsuccessful.

Key Topics Covered


2.1. The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) and the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP)
2.2. Retail
2.3. Motor Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
2.4. Auto Salvage
2.5. Industry Value Chain
2.6. Geographic Position


4.1. Local
4.1.1. Corporate Actions
4.1.2. Regulations
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development
4.2. Continental
4.3. International

5.1. Government Support
5.2. Economic Environment
5.3. Labour
5.4. Rising Operating Costs
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation
5.6. Environmental Concerns
5.7. Clean Fuels

6.1. Barriers to Entry




10.1. Publications
10.2. Websites

APPENDIX 1 - Summary of Notable Players

  • Manufacturers and Importers of Motor Vehicles
  • Manufacturers of Bodies for Motor Vehicles and Trailers & Semi Trailers
  • Domestic Vehicle Sales
  • Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles: Dealerships
  • Fitment Centres
  • Manufacturers of Parts and Accessories for Motor Vehicles
  • Auto Salvage Sector

Companies Mentioned

  • ACME Salvage (Pty) Ltd
  • AUNDE South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Adient South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Afrit (Pty) Ltd
  • Alfred Teves Brake Systems (Pty) Ltd
  • Angelo Kater Motor Trimmers (Pty) Ltd
  • Atlantis Foundries (Pty) Ltd
  • Auto Industrial Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Auto and Truck Tyres (Pty) Ltd
  • AutoX (Pty) Ltd
  • Autocast South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • BMW (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Bandag Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Bell Equipment Company S A (Pty) Ltd
  • Benteler South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Blue Spec Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • Borbet SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Bosal Afrika (Pty) Ltd
  • Bridgestone South Africa Commercial (Pty) Ltd
  • Bridgestone South Africa Retail (Pty) Ltd
  • Busmark 2000 (Pty) Ltd
  • CNH Industrial SA (Pty) Ltd
  • City Deep 4 X 4 Commercial Spares (Pty) Ltd
  • Coastline Auto Rebuilds and Spares CC
  • Combined Automotive Solutions (Pty) Ltd
  • Combined Motor Holdings Ltd
  • Continental Tyre South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Corning Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Dana Spicer Axle South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Denel Vehicle Systems (Pty) Ltd
  • Desert Wolf Consulting (Pty) Ltd
  • Dynamic Salvage Management CC
  • F and R Catai Transport Solutions (Pty) Ltd
  • FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA (Pty) Ltd
  • FCA South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies (Cape Town) (Pty) Ltd
  • Faurecia Interior Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Federal-Mogul of South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (Manufacturing) (Pty) Ltd
  • Formex Industries (Pty) Ltd
  • G U D Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • GRW Engineering (Pty) Ltd
  • Gabriel SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Glasfit South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Gounden and Gounden CC
  • Hesto Harnesses (Pty) Ltd
  • Hi-Q Automotive (Pty) Ltd
  • Honda Motor Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Irizar Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Isuzu Motors South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Jaguar Land Rover (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Johnson Matthey (Pty) Ltd
  • KAP Industrial Holdings Ltd
  • Kwik Fit Brands (Pty) Ltd
  • LSM Distributors (Pty) Ltd
  • Lazarus Motor Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Lear Sewing (Pty) Ltd
  • Lumotech (Pty) Ltd
  • M and D House Motors CC
  • MA Automotive Tool and Die (Pty) Ltd
  • MAHLE Behr South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • MAN Automotive (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Mahindra and Mahindra South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Marcopolo South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Maritime Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Maxion Wheels South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • McCarthy (Pty) Ltd
  • Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd
  • Metindustrial (Pty) Ltd
  • Motus Holdings Ltd
  • Nissan (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • PFK Electronics (Pty) Ltd
  • PG Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Paramount Trailers (Pty) Ltd
  • Pasdec Automotive Technologies (Pty) Ltd
  • Peugeot Citroen South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Protea Versoolwerke (Ermelo) (Pty) Ltd
  • Renault South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Robert Bosch (Pty) Ltd
  • Route Management (Pty) Ltd
  • Salvage Management and Disposals (Pty) Ltd
  • Sandown Motor Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • Scania South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Schaeffler South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Smiths Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • Stirling Accessories CC
  • Subaru Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Super Group Ltd
  • Suzuki Auto South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • TFM Industries (Pty) Ltd
  • TFM Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • Tank Clinic (Pty) Ltd
  • Tata Automobile Corporation (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Tata Motors (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Tenneco Emission Control (Pty) Ltd
  • Tenneco Ride Control South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • TiAuto Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Trans Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • Trentyre (Pty) Ltd
  • Unifrax Emission Control South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Unitrans Automotive (Pty) Ltd
  • Voertuie vir Almal (Pty) Ltd
  • Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Volvo Car South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Volvo Group Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Waterworld (Pty) Ltd
  • Welfit Oddy (Pty) Ltd

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